Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris apologises after drink-driving charge
Hugo Lloris has apologised after being charged with drink driving. Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper and club captain was stopped by police in west London and spent the early hours of Friday morning in a cell.
“I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my teammates, the manager and all of the supporters,” he said in a statement. “Drink driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.”
Lloris faces internal action at Tottenham, who spent Friday afternoon talking to the player to establish his version of events. “The club takes matters such as this extremely seriously and it will be dealt with internally,” a spokesman said.
France’s World Cup-winning captain was bailed until a court appearance on 11 September. “A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1,” said a statement from the Metropolitan police. “Hugo Lloris, 31, of East Finchley was charged with drink driving.”
Lloris has made more than 200 Premier League appearances since joining Spurs from Lyon six years ago and he was appointed as the club’s captain by Mauricio Pochettino in 2015. He did not train with his teammates on Friday morning and news of his arrest broke just after Pochettino held a press conference to preview Monday’s trip to Manchester United.
At the time of talking Pochettino had every intention of including Lloris in the squad. It remains to be seen whether that changes after hearing more details from Lloris. Michel Vorm is Tottenham’s No 2 goalkeeper.
As for Monday’s match, Pochettino said there are more than three points at stake because victory would mean they have won their opening three matches of a Premier League campaign for the first time since Harry Redknapp’s side did so in 2009-10. Reaching such milestones will, according to Pochettino, help Spurs develop eventually into title winners.
“It is good to make that statement,” he said. “Of course we are a big club and we are on the way to becoming bigger but after four years [in charge] many people say we have won nothing. That is our history. We are trying to settle the basis to win and we are breaking records about good results. Of course that is not enough … but it would be perfect to win our first three matches for nearly 10 years. It’s so important.”
Winning at Old Trafford would be a milestone in itself, as Spurs have lost all four of their league visits under Pochettino and were also beaten there in last season’s FA Cup. “That is the reality, not the perception, but what happened against Chelsea last season is a good example,” said the manager, referring to Spurs’ 3-1 victory in April, their first at Stamford Bridge for 28 years. “I believe more than ever that we can win. We are working hard to try to be consistent and one thing we need to improve is to win against some clubs away, like Manchester United. It would be important to feel a victory in a stadium that in the last four years was impossible.”
Spurs’ squad is likely to include Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, both of whom were linked with moves over the summer, with United among the possible destinations. They could still leave before the European transfer window closes at the end of this month, and the midfielder Mousa Dembélé is also a target for overseas sides. But Pochettino said he was not planning for departures and expects all his players to be ready for action when summoned. “I am working as if all the players are going to be here.”